Dangan Ronpa, City of Despair

Chapter 14

"Goooooooooood morning everyone! It is now 7am and night time is officially over. Get ready to greet another beeeeeautiful day!"

I had gotten used to the announcement now. That didn't mean I enjoyed listening to that bear's voice every morning, but it wasn't as bad as it used to be. After my usual morning routine, I headed to the dining hall. Once I was settled in, eating my breakfast complacently, Nori walked through the door. Her hair was wet, and she was brushing through it with her fingers.

"I was relaxing in the pool before it got busy." She explained. "I'm planning on doing it every morning now, so don't bother me."

And with that said, she grabbed some food and sat down. The pool wasn't really hers, but if it was before breakfast, then I guess it didn't matter. None of us would be using it then anyways. After a while, Asami pushed her chair back and turned to all of us.

"I'm planning on shooting some hoops if anyone wants to join me." She offered. Mayu, Akio and Sota accepted the challenge. It would be interesting to see them go up against her. Was she planning to do teams? Or was she going to take them all on at once? Either one would be entertaining actually. Apparently Koharu thought the same thing, so we followed the group to the basket ball courts.

We sat on a bench at the side of the court, while the four of them stretched. Once that was done, the three on one game began. It seemed a bit more difficult for Asami than when she had gone against Kinji. After a bit, Ren walked through the gate in the metal fence.

"I was getting bored of being in my room." He explained as he sat down next to us. Koharu and him began talking. Turning back to the game, I saw that Asami had won. It had been a close game though. She jogged over to me.

"I'm really unfit right now." She said, her breathing completely normal.

"You look fine to me." I said back. She shrugged.

"I guess it seems that way to you, but I can feel it." She said. "My muscles just aren't agreeing with me. I feel really lethargic. I guess the caffeine in that sports drink is wearing off."

It definitely looked like she was fine to me, but I guess it's difficult to see muscle fatigue.

"Well, you definitely have time to exercise if that's what it takes for you to get better." I said. "And I don't think caffeinated sports drinks help. You'll just crash!" Asami shook her head.

"I won't crash if I keep drinking them." She said. Then she started mumbling to herself. It looked like she was writing something out in the air.

"If we wake up at 7 and go to bed at ten..." She mumbled. "...then that's 15 hours. I guess I'll spend my days here, and at the library."

"The library?" I asked. That didn't seem like a place to go if you wanted to strengthen your muscles. She nodded.

"Yeah!" She exclaimed. "I can't just have strong muscles. I need a strong brain too! I'll have to come up with a schedule so I can exercise both."

"You should plan some free time in though." I suggested. Asami tilted her head to the side.

"Free time?" She asked. "I've never had free time."

"Never!?" I asked. How could someone never have free time?

"Yeah, never." She replied. "Basket ball already took up a lot of time, and if I wasn't practising I was studying in order to keep up my grades."

"That sound exhausting." I said. She nodded.

"Yeah. I never got much sleep because of it." She said. "But if I didn't keep my grades up I wouldn't be able to play basket ball." She yawned. "Drinking energy drinks always helped."

So she'd just drink them constantly? I guess that would get rid of the problem of crashing, but it probably wasn't good for her health.

"I'm sure you'll feel more awake if you relax a bit and get more sleep." I said. She fixed her ponytail as she thought it over.

"I guess I could try it." She said. "Thanks for the advice! If you ever need advice on your basket ball playing, I'm here. Okay?"

"Sure". I said smiling. I doubted that I'd spend much time playing basketball, but I appreciated the offer nonetheless. Asami stood up and ran to the others.

"Who's ready for game two!" She shouted. The others, who were still out of breath, nodded. They got in position for the next game. I guess they were trying to get fit too.

Knock knock knock

Who could that be?

I was back in my room, laying in my bed. I wasn't sure how long I had been asleep, but the knocking on my door woke me up. Without thinking, I got up and opened it. A bit of a stupid thing to do considering our situation but...

"Oh! Hello Yui. I-I'm sorry for bothering you."

The source of the knock was Missa. She was standing in the doorway with her eyes turned to the ground.

"Is everything okay?" I asked. What was she still doing up? She shifted her weight, still focused on the floor.

"I've been having nightmares and I can't sleep." She explained. "I'm sorry. I usually keep my problems to myself but... with this dream I just couldn't."

I motioned for her to come inside and pulled out a chair for her to sit on. Once she was comfortable I sat down on the bed, facing her.

"What was the dream about?" I asked. "Unless you'd rather not say." She shook her head.

"No, I don't mind." She said. "I was in a room. Everything was dark and I was scared. I couldn't help but feel like I was back in the closet the kidnappers put me in." She began shivering. "All of a sudden, I saw Koizumi's body. And then Hamano's. Standing next to them were Kinji and Bessihiki... I think."

"You think?" I asked. She nodded.

"They were wearing masks of Monokuma's face, so I wasn't sure. But after standing there, laughing at the bodies, they turned to me. I tried to run, but I couldn't! I was trapped in whatever place it was, with the two of them walking towards me. They had knives in their hands and as they raised them up, I heard Monokuma laughing. Then I woke up." She started to cry, her shoulders shaking from the sobs.

I wasn't sure what to say to her. I still wasn't used to stuff like this. As I tried to think of what I should do, I remembered when Kinji had visited me. It was around this time, wasn't it? What had he done to cheer me up?

I wrapped me arms around Missa's shoulders, hugging her tightly. The sobbing stopped from her surprise, but the tears were still flowing down her cheeks. After a moment, she hugged me back, pressing her face against my shoulder. When she spoke again, her words were muffled.

"I just want this to end!" She sobbed. "I don't want anyone else to die."

I rubbed her back slowly, trying to calm her down. It seemed to be doing the trick since she wasn't shaking as violently now.

"I'm sure it will be over soon." I reassured. "We just have to make sure we beat Monokuma! We can do it!"

She looked up at me with tear filled eyes. They were red and swollen.

"You think so?" She asked. I nodded.

"I know so."

Reassured by what I had said, Missa smiled. She wiped away her tears and took a deep breath, pulling away from the hug. Once this was done, she let out a weak laugh.

"What's so funny?" I asked. She smiled again, but there was a hint of sadness to the expression.

"I told myself that I was going to get stronger." She explained. "That I wasn't going to cry anymore. I guess I messed that up."

"It's okay to cry." I said. "Just remember that we're all here to support you! We're all going to make it through this."

I thought for a moment. Would it be safe for her to go back to her room at this hour?

"Hey Missa." I said. "If you're too scared to be alone right now, you can spend the night here. I don't mind."

Missa shook her head, but I could tell she was considering it.

"I don't want to be a bother." She said.

"It's fine!" I replied. "I know I wouldn't want to be alone after a dream like that."

She thanked me and I tried to put together a makeshift bed. Unfortunately mine wasn't big enough for two people. I pushed together two chairs and put a blanket on it to make it more comfortable. I got ready to lay down on it, but Missa stopped me.

"You can sleep in your own bed." She said, and then she sat down on the crudely built bed. I felt like there would be no arguing with her, so I moved to my bed. Once I had pulled the covers up, I sighed. I hoped that what I said was true.

Were we really going to make it through this?

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